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While the Coronavirus pandemic has left many of us stuck indoors, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still dedicate some time to our favorite activity — guns. We at Guns.com have gathered together a handful of activities for you to pass the time.
1. CATCH UP ON READING
Brush up on some reading with gun themed books. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Practicing social distancing has given many of us time to catch up on reading we might perhaps ignore the rest of the year. If you’re 2020 goal is to be a bit better read, brush the dust off your favorite books or download some new ones to your preferred electronic device. Some of our favorites include The Dry Fire Primer by Annette Evans, Handgun Hunting by Kat Ainsworth and You’re Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck by Bill Heavey.
2. INVEST IN DRY FIRE PRACTICE
Using a laser pistol like a SIRT, pictured in the hands of trainer Rob Pincus, is a great way to train at home. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Just because you can’t head to the range doesn’t mean those skills have to deteriorate. Break out that laser trainer pistol or unload your current firearm and put in some dry fire reps. Simple drills can include malfunction drills, reloads, drawing from concealment and trigger press — but remember, carefully inspect your gun prior to any manipulation to ensure it is unloadedand free from ammunition. We also suggest removing all ammunition from the training area just to be sure no rounds accidentally make their way into the firearm.
3. CLEAN YOUR GUNS AND ORGANIZE YOUR STASH
Caring for guns is a great way to maintain firearms and pass the time. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Take advantage of the time home to do a little spring cleaning and organize your stash. Now is the perfect time to break out the CLP and ready guns for your next hunt or range visit. With a little cleaner, some gun oil and some spare cloth you can clean up any gunk and make sure your guns are functioning properly. Once your done cleaning, invest some time organizing guns and gear.
Whether you choose to focus on prettying up the gun safe or you want to rearrange a favorite range bag, take stock of what you have and make sure to organize it in a way that fits your range or hunting flow. You can even take it a step further by making a list of items you want or need in the future like ammunition, targets, extra mags and even guns that are on your mind.
4. EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
According to the NRA, the Eddie Eagle program started in 1988 and has taught over 30 million youth the basics of firearm accident prevention (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
If your family isn’t already on the up-and-up when it comes to gun safety practices, now is a great time to get them involved. For younger kids, the NRA’s Eddie Eagle or NSSF’s Project ChildSafe offers fun learning tools to educate little ones on the importance of gun safety. Making sure that everyone understands what to do if they see a gun in addition to covering safe handling practices keeps family members safe. While you’re at it, now is a good time to evaluate how you store guns and make sure that little ones don’t have access.
If you want to continue the education with fun books for the kiddos, check out some of our favorite gun oriented books for youth by some of our favorite authors.
- Yehuda Remer: Safety On & Safety On Coloring Book, 27 Words: A Children’s Guide to the Second Amendment and The ABC’s of Guns
- Julie Golob: Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules
- Rob Pincus: My Daddy Has a Gun…And My Mom Does Too